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From Trabzon: Soumela Monastery and Karaca Cave Day Trip

1. From Trabzon: Soumela Monastery and Karaca Cave Day Trip

Your first visit is the breathtaking Sumela Monastery, which is thought to be founded by two monks about 1500 years ago, located within the borders of Altındere National Park in Maçka district. After that ,Aya Varvara church right next to monastery which is on the world heritage list. Climbing Zigana Mountain ;visiting the Karaca Cave in Gümüşhane Torul district will make you away from your day routine . You will the chance to taste the pestil, one of the regional delight . After having lunch in the region, the turn will come to visit the Glass Terrace to watch the Torul district from a bird's eye view and to experience some excitement. Reaching the hometown of Sütlaç, Hamsiköy, by climbing the summit of Zigana mountain again and following the beauties of the ancient Silk Road, which was used as the transit trade route of Iran in the republic period and added to the photographs with the richness of nature. Here will be served famous rice pudding ' Sütlaç ' and tea from the traditional village coffee shop. After taking a walk in the village and portray the natural beauty of the village , tour will end back at your hotel .

Trabzon: Sumela Monastery Day Tour with Lunch

2. Trabzon: Sumela Monastery Day Tour with Lunch

Begin your day with a visit to the mesmerizing Altindere National Park. Soak up the tranquility of the park as you listen to the sound of the waterfalls and snap photos. Follow your guide on a 15-minute walk to the Sumela Monastery observation point and marvel at the impressive architecture of the monastery, carved into the cliff face. After admiring the views, continue to Cosandere Valley and spend some free time exploring. Stop among the pine trees to enjoy a delcious lunch at Zigana Pass. After lunch, visit the ancient Tortul Castle and put your bravery to the test with a walk along a 240-meter-high glass observation platform. Later, enter the magnificent Karaca Caves. This natural wonder is filled with easy-to-navigate walkways and plenty of lighting to showcase its beauty. The final stop is in Hamsikoy, a peaceful region of 5 farming villages, where you’ll taste a local pudding known as sutlac before beginning the return journey to Trabzon.

Trabzon: Ayder Highland Mountains Day Trip with Lunch

3. Trabzon: Ayder Highland Mountains Day Trip with Lunch

You will begin by visiting a clothing factory that creates items for all of Turkey. Whilst there you will become familiar with the clothing culture of Turkey, and can also purchase different types of items which can be used throughout daily life. Firtina Valley, known as Storm Valley, is the next destination of the tour. This river is fantastically beautiful, and contains elegant old bridges. Whilst there you can discover the many stunning vantage points from which you can admire this amazing river, and can choose to river raft if so desired too. After arriving at Ayder, you will be able to enjoy lunch surrounded by stunning mountains whilst you eat. After enjoying your meal you will have free time to explore some of the hiking trails that wind their way through the hills and mountains around you. After relaxing or exploring you will begin to make your way back to Trabzon, making stops along the way to enjoy the stunning natural waterfalls the region has to offer.

Trabzon: Uzungol Lake Day Tour with Lunch

4. Trabzon: Uzungol Lake Day Tour with Lunch

Your tour will begin with pickup from your hotel in Trabzon. From there you will travel to Uzungol, which takes approximately one hour. As you travel from Trabzon you will visit a tea factory, which will provide you with a look at the way fresh tea is grown and harvested. You will also be able to buy fresh tea to take with you.  Once you are done learning about the hectic life of tea makers, you will visit the Surmene knives and gift shop. There you will see the hard work of master craftsman of the Surmene region, as well as their handcrafted blades. These blades have been forged, folded, twisted, and hammered, until a unique blade is finished. After a lunch break you will be free to discover the Uzungol area by yourself. You may like to rent a pedal boat on the lake, or can instead opt to follow one of the hiking trails for a chance to see some of the impressive local wildlife. In the evening you will return to Trabzon, where you will be dropped off back to your hotel.

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4.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Overall a good day out. The monastery was fantastic but we only had 90 minutes there which included the walking up and down to get there. It all felt very rushed. The entrance fee was worth it but there is still a lot of renovation work going on. Only got the fabulous outside view from the bus. The cave was spectacular. The restaurant for lunch was a bad choice. No one wanted a full sit down a la carte meal at lunchtime so everyone just stood around waiting for an hour. Would have been better to have had more time at the monastery. We stopped at a lovely restaurant for sutlac at the end of the day, and this would have made a great lunchtime venue with its fantastic views. The most disappointing aspect of the day was that we booked an English guide and our guide didn’t speak a single word of English so we were left pretty clueless all day as to what was happening, how long we had at each stop etc. Was the trip good value for money? Yes. Could it be improved upon? Absolutely.

Guide and driver very good just gives you a brief talk then you go off on your own. The Monastry was good and definitely worth going to as was the caves Food at stop was nice but expensive probably the most I spent on a meal in the time I stayed in Istanbul Beautiful countryside and mountains to view

The tour was advertised as being in Arabic and English though my guide couldn’t speak English. Without the help of a lady on the tour that translated for me I wouldn’t have known where to be and at what time at each stop.

The activity was perfect, the guide spoke perfect English and he was super nice. La Cie also helped us a lot and she was super available for our questions. We recommend.

Enjoyed it and our tour leader was very fluent in English